Social Reformer. Reverend Dickson was a Black abolitionist leader ,who founded the Knights of Liberty, a secret society for African Americans, who wanted to fight for freedom from slavery. Members later turned their efforts to the Underground Railroad until the American Civil War began in 1861, when they enlisted in the Union Army. Dickson later became an ordained minister of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and preached at several churches in the St. Louis area. He was one of the founders of Lincoln Institute, which is now Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. In 1872 he organized the International Order of Twelve Knights and Daughters of Tabor, a Black philanthropic organization. He served as president of the Refugee Relief Board in St. Louis, which helped to feed, shelter & relocate 16,000 former slaves who were emigrating to Kansas.
Bio by: Connie Nisinger
Mary E. Dickson